BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Living’ review

★★★★☆ Living (Zhit, 2012) is Vasily Sigarev’s challenging and provocative follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 debut Wolfy, and sees this up-and-coming Russian director return to the London Film Festival. An existential and deeply philosophical insight into the psychological damage and various manifestations death can have on the mind, Living is Continue Reading

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Song for Marion’ review

★★☆☆☆ British director Paul Andrew Williams offers up OAP drama Song for Marion (2012) at this year’s 56th London Film Festival, starring the considerable talents of Vanessa Redgrave, Terrance Stamp, Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton. Marion (Redgrave) and her husband Arthur (Stamp) live in their small suburban bungalow, coping with Continue Reading

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ review

★★★☆☆ Following on from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed success story that was In Bruges (2008), Irish writer and director Martin McDonagh is back in business with impressively-cast, tongue-in-cheek existentialist revenge thriller Seven Psychopaths (2012), starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. Screenwriter and part-time alcoholic Marty (Farrell) is struggling to Continue Reading

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Our Children’ review

★★★★☆ Belgian writer and director Joachim Lafosse impresses with ‘difficult’ relationship drama Our Children (À perdre la raison, 2012), starring Émilie Dequenne and reuniting A Prophet (2010) lead duo Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup. Unequivocally tough and emotionally draining, Lafosse’s latest makes no apologies for its bleak portrayal of a Continue Reading

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Sightseers’ review

★★★★☆ Director Ben Wheatley completes a critically acclaimed trilogy of quietly sinister, darkly comic, deeply British features with Sightseers (2012), an hilarious, caravan-based road movie which brings this recently unearthed talent back closer to his comedy roots. Built almost entirely around a museum-loving, homicidal Midlands couple developed on the stand-up Continue Reading